Norwegian theologian and pastor Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected 7th General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during its recent Central Committee meeting.
“This task I really feel is the call of God. I feel that we have a lot to do together”, Tveit said in his acceptance speech before the Central Committee. He stressed the spirit of unity that had dominated the whole process and encouraged the committee members to continue praying for him.
The position of General Secretary is the WCC’s highest administrative post. Tveit will replace outgoing General Secretary Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, who had previously informed the Central Committee, the WCC’s highest governing body, that he would not be seeking a second term of office.
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Photo of Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit © WCC / Peter Williams